Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and Children
Mr. John Paul Gaston
(412) 221-5152 x 9
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is the program by which adults enter into the Catholic Church by the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, or both. This is done by attending weekly sessions scheduled with the R.C.I.A. Coordinator, Mr. John Paul Gaston. These weekly sessions follow the Catechism of the Catholic Church in assisting the adult catechumen or candidate come to understand the full teachings of the Catholic Church. The program here at St. Barbara Church is open to any adult who desires to become a full member of the Catholic Church and it is offered over the course of several months in preparation of receiving the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil Mass held on Holy Saturday each year. If you are interested in entering into the program, please contact Mr. John Paul Gaston.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children is the program by which children under the age of 18 enter into the Catholic Church by the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, or both. Like the R.C.I.A. program, the R.C.I.C. program meets weekly with the R.C.I.C. Coordinator, Mr. John Paul Gaston, either individually or in a group depending on the needs of the catechumen or candidate. Depending on the age and sacramental needs of the catechumen or candidate, an individual curriculum will be developed so that each need can be met. There are different venues that children may enter into the Church and receive their catechesis. For instance, if a child is seeking Baptism and is younger than 8th grade, they may receive Baptism and then join in the C.C.D. program to complete Confirmation with a class of their peers; however, the option is there for the catechumen to receive Confirmation as well. This is done on a case-by-case circumstance so if you are interested in enrolling a child in R.C.I.C. please contact Mr. John Paul Gaston.
About the Coordinator
Mr. John Paul Gaston is a Pittsburgh native, growing up in Cecil Township in Washington County. He is a life-long Catholic, who received Baptism at the old St. Anthony Church on Route 50. When St. Anthony Church and St. Agatha Church merged to form Holy Child Parish he started attending St. Agatha with his family. It was at Holy Child that Mr. Gaston received the Sacraments of First Confession, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation. He attended Canon McMillan High School in Canonsburg and graduated in June 2014. In fall of 2014, Mr. Gaston started his studies at Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit in Pittsburgh. In November 2014, Mr. Gaston enrolled as a candidate in the Priestly Formation Program with the Holy Ghost Fathers of Duquesne. After prayer and discernment, Mr. Gaston decided to join the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 2015 as a seminarian studying in the Priestly Formation Program at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Gaston studied Philosophy at Duquesne University alongside Priestly Formation at St. Paul Seminary. In January 2017, Mr. Gaston decided that he needed to focus on his studies at Duquesne University. Immediately following that, Mr. Gaston was hired on as the R.C.I.A./R.C.I.C. Coordinator at St. Barbara Parish in February 2017. Mr. Gaston will be graduating early in December from Duquesne University with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Spanish. On top of his studies at Duquesne University, Mr. Gaston has also worked numerous jobs within the Church. He has been a maintenance worker at Holy Child Church and a Parish Assistant and Cantor at St. Barbara Church, as well as a cantor at Duquesne and a part-time organist at St. John the Baptist Church in Monaca. He enjoys playing Piano and Organ, Literature, and Science-Fiction, the most important of which is Star Wars.